Grandfamilies: An Unsupported Safety Net

Grandfamilies: An Unsupported Safety Net

In Grandfamilies: An Unsupported Safety Net, an article in a recent issue of The Next American City (52 pages, PDF), author Bobbi Pinkert reports that 2.4 million grandparents are the primary caregivers for their grandchildren, and the number is growing rapidly. According to the 2000 census, 4.5 million children live in grandparent-headed households, a 30 percent increase from the last census, and 69 percent are in urban households headed by a single grandmother with less than a high school education. This phenomenon is creating a "silent epidemic" because these families are largely overlooked by programs that could provide physical and emotional support, and access to housing.